Voter turnout in Pitt County is being termed "very good" as voters head to the polls on this primary election day.
Election officials said mid-afternoon that turnout has surpassed the entire turnout for the 2006 primary.
At 3:00 p.m. 6,525 voters had gone to the polls. When you add in early voting and absentee that climbs to 11,627 or an 11.23% turnout. In 2006 Pitt County saw just a 7.53% turnout on primary day.
A local sheriff's primary and six contested school board races have heightened interest for the election in Pitt County.
Voters in all 100 counties went to the polls to nominate candidates for congress, the state legislature, county commissioners, sheriffs, and to elect school board members.
Polls closed at 7:30 p.m.
About 170,000 voters cast a ballot in early voting that ended Saturday, roughly one-third the number that appeared for the presidential primary two years ago. State Board of Elections director Gary Bartlett says he was disappointed by the turnout and hoped Tuesday brings higher participation.
In Washington County a former sheriff, who was convicted of embezzlement six years ago, wants to return to that office. Stanley James ran against against current sheriff James Ross. He lost.
Two counties in Eastern Carolina voted whether to raise sales taxes, those being Duplin and Onslow County. Voters in Tyrrell County had to mark their ballots on whether to allow the sale mixed beverages in hotels, restaurants, private clubs, community theaters and convention centers.
Voters in Sneads Ferry decided whether the Onslow County village should become a town, while some residents of Edgecombe County will vote on $4.5-million in water bonds.
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